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'Harlem Shake' facing lawsuit over uncleared sample claim

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Viral hit 'Harlem Shake' is facing a lawsuit over claims it uses uncleared samples.

Baauer is accused of using material for the hit without prior permission from reggaeton artist Héctor Delgado and Philadelphia rapper Jayson Musson.

Baauer Harlem Shake press shot


The latter also claims that his voice can still be heard on Baauer's cut during the chorus of "do the Harlem Shake".

Delgado and Musson are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single back in 2012, according to the New York Times.

Both claim that Harry Bauer Rodrigues - also known as Baauer - failed to get a license to sample their material for his own song.

DJ Baauer.

© Facebook / Baauer



'Harlem Shake' became a viral sensation earlier this year when users starting uploading videos of themselves reacting to the song's heavy bass line in 30-second clips.

It is estimated there are over 40,000 different 'Harlem Shake' videos on YouTube, amassing in over 175 million views in total.

Baauer recently topped the US Hot 100 with 'Harlem Shake', after Billboard changed the chart's rule to include YouTube streams.

Watch a compilation of 'Harlem Shake' viral videos below:

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